The West Central region received another dosage of snowfall this weekend, enough to cause issues for even the most experienced drivers.
A good reminder that winter conditions can strike anytime and that you should always be prepared.
The roads could be tough enough to navigate as it is, so you want to get rid of any potential distractions you may suffer while driving.
That means the first thing to do, would be to brush any excess snow from your vehicle, including the windshield and front and rear lights.
Some important items that should be checked off your list before you head out into blustery conditions include:
• adding antifreeze to your radiator,
• snow tires,
• block heater,
• gas line antifreeze,
• booster cables,
• snow brush and scraper,
• small snow shovel,
• traction mats, and
• making sure all your vehicles systems are running correctly by getting a tune up
Here are some other basic driving principles drivers should bear in mind to steer clear of accidents that could be avoided:
• do not use cruise control on icy or wet roads
• being gentle is the key, gentle breaking, gentle accelerating and gentle manoeuvring
• give yourself ample room behind the person in front of yourself
It's also always a good idea to check the highway hotline before heading out on your travels.